5 filming locations for Ghostbusters: Afterlife

This time it is not in New York but in Summerville that the action takes place in this new Ghostbusters opus. Search for the Ghostbusters legacy with five locations from the 3rd installment!
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Follow in the footsteps of the new Ghostbusters

After moving to Summerville, a mother and her two children discover their secret legacy from their grandfather. Grab your proton pack and hop aboard the Ecto 1, heading to Alberta!


Trevor (Finn Wolfhard), his sister Phoebe (Mckenna Grace) and their friend Podcast (Logan Kim) set out for the first time to track down a ghost in the legendary Cadillac Ecto-1. If Summerville doesn’t exist in reality, Jason Reitman’s team did shoot this chase sequence on real sets. It is thus in the heart of Fort MacLeod that the filmmaker set up his cameras and filmed the legendary car present in all the films of the Ghostbusters franchise. The vehicle as it appears on screen is not the same as the one in the 1984 film. Kept in Sony’s Los Angeles warehouse, the original car was used as the model for this near perfect copy.

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Disused factory

Phoebe (Mckenna Grace) and her friend Podcast (Logan Kim) try out Egon Spengler’s proton pack for the first time in a disused factory. Soon after, they encounter a ghost and try to capture it. This pivotal scene was shot at the Turner Valley Gas Plant, a former industrial facility now converted into a museum. A place where the history of the oil fields in this part of Canada is told. A big fan of the franchise, Paul Rudd was disappointed that he couldn’t use the proton pack on screen. He did say that he took the time to inspect it from every angle, and was already happy to be able to shoot a scene where his character is holding a ghost trap.

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When Trevor (Finn Wolfhard) arrives in the dusty Oklahoma town of Summerville, he finds a place at the Spinners, the area’s premier fast-food restaurant. There he meets Lucky (Celeste O’Connor), a young girl with whom he falls in love. In reality, not only is the restaurant not in the United States but in Canada, it doesn’t look at all like it does in the movie. The Spinners was built around the Apple Pie Café, a modest restaurant in Beseiker, Alberta. The first Ghostbusters 3 script was written in 1990 by Dan Aykroyd. A scenario used in the ghost hunter video game released in 2009.

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Chinese restaurant

Callie (Carrie Coon) and Gary (Paul Rudd) are having a quiet dinner in a Chinese restaurant when suddenly a ghastly green-skinned ghost appears. Located, like the other locations, in the Alberta area, Ng’s Café does not serve Asian food, but does offer some of the region’s most famous specialties. A friendly place where since the release of the film, no appearance has been recorded. When she was invited to read the script for Ghostbusters: Afterlife, Carrie Coon had no idea that this was a film that was part of one of the most mythical franchises in cinema. And this despite the fact that the Ecto-1 is parked in front of the office where she met director Jason Reitman.

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Gary (Paul Rudd) is shopping in the Summerville Wallmart when he comes face to face with some rather aggressive miniature Bidendum marshmallows and a terrifying, supernatural-looking monster. If the town of Summerland was born in Jason Reitman’s imagination, the Wallmart in which he shot this scene does exist and is located in Calgary. A department store integrated into the Deerfoot City shopping centre on the edge of downtown. Huge and solitary in the first film of 1984, the Michelin Man is very small here and is accompanied by dozens of his fellow creatures. Zuul, the monster also present in the first part, has not changed much. Jason Reitman having insisted on putting forward special effects voluntarily a little retro.

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By Gilles Rolland

Thursday, December 9, 2021

Passionné de cinéma, de rock and roll, de séries TV et de littérature. Rédacteur de presse et auteur des livres Le Heavy Metal au cinéma, Paroles de fans Guns N' Roses, Paroles de fans Rammstein et Welcome to my Jungle : 100 albums rock et autres anecdotes dépareillées. Adore également voyager à la recherche des lieux les plus emblématiques de la pop culture.

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